Trail Fitness Tips: Quick Mountain Workouts
New season, new reason to get out there and get after it. Do you embrace the elements with a new fitness routine? We asked our KEEN TrailFit Ambassadors for their fall fitness go-tos—from workout to wardrobe to what they eat to power through it all.
HOW DO YOU WORK IT?
My biggest recommendation is to simply maintain an active lifestyle as training. I don’t “train” often, but stay fit because of large weekly alpine climbing missions (insert your own active adventure here).
On occasion, I do enjoy running up and down the ski resorts in my hometown of Jackson, Wyoming. I feel like it’s a good way to get a hard, yet relatively quick, workout in that helps the lungs adapt to gaining a lot of elevation quickly. Other than that, the climbing helps maintain good core and upper body strength!
HOW DO YOU FUEL IT?
I like to have a balance between healthy options and “treats” when fueling for a large adventure. Dried fruits, nuts, and healthy plant bars (PowerBar makes a plant protein/stevia sweetened bar that I enjoy) do the trick, though I occasionally sneak in some gummy bears or chocolate into my pack as a special treat after a hard day! Balance is key!
• Dried fruits
• Plant bars
• Gummy bears
HOW DO YOU WEAR IT?
I don’t usually take much with me on a run, just a small bottle of water and my phone/iPod for music! If I’m going on a longer adventure in the mountains, I typically bring more layers (I love my Patagonia sun hoodie and a lightweight puffy) and whatever other gear is required for the day. Either way, I’m typically wearing leggings and a breathable activewear tank.
In between powering up the slopes of Jackson Hole and climbing the Grand Teton, KEEN TrailFitTM Ambassador Elise Sterck divides her time on the road both in front of the camera as a model and behind it as a photographer. To get a regular dose of wanderlust, follow Elise on Instagram at @roundtheworldgirl.